I was tickled to see the President and the First Lady honor their commitment to “date night” with an evening at the Kennedy Center on Friday. Along with a small coterie including daughters Malia and Sasha, the Obamas enjoyed highlights from the 50th anniversary season of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
I took in one of the remarkable programs in December during the run at New York City Center. I had the pleasure of seeing the Maurice Bejart classic ballet, Firebird; Associate Artistic Director Masazumi Chaya’s restaging of the explosive Ulysses Dove piece, Episodes and Love Stories, the contemporary, hip hop-infused collaboration of Artistic Director Judith Jamison, Robert Battle and Puremovement’s Rennie Harris. I look forward to their return to NYC with their engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this Spring.
Photo: Kevin Lamarque for Reuters.
Last year, it was my honor to style some of the promotional photography for the golden anniversary of the legendary company and was awed by the dancers’ incredible strength, grace and total mastery of their exquisite bodies. Hugo Boss and Roberto da Carrara provided menswear and I sought out Brooklyn-based Nadia Tarr’s signature wrap dress for the women. The line Butter by Nadia, is a collection of one-size convertible matte or satin jersey dresses, brilliantly conceived as they are flattering to every figure type and available in a multitude of colors.
Photo: Andrew Eccles
Awesome dancers Clifton Brown in Hugo Boss and Linda Celeste Sims in Butter by Nadia.